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So You Want to Be a (Citizen) Scientist?

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 09.29.2015 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has got you covered. NSF supports citizen science and crowdsourcing efforts across all areas of science, whether your passion is scanning the night sky, exploring your own backyard or playing video games.

UFOs: The Trail Is Stale

Seth Shostak | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science
Seth Shostak

The extraterrestrials are just plain done with us. The Cold War has ended, and so has their fascination with our nuclear missile silos. So maybe they've just declared "mission accomplished," and gone away. That would be analogous to Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands -- after he probed, bottled and cataloged some of the natives, he weighed anchor and withdrew. But here's another possibility.

ET, the Deafening Silence

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 08.10.2015 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

We choose to search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence because as Americans, we are free, permissive, non-conformist, incorrigible, and preoccupied with our choices.

Earth 2.0: Bad News for God

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe. Perhaps you are not convinced. That is OK; let me speculate what would happen should we ever find evidence of life beyond earth even if you think such discovery unlikely.

Macrina Cooper-White

This Real-Life Alien Hunter Inspired The Main Character In 'Contact' | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science

Are we alone in this vast cosmos? That's the burning question that drove Dr. Eleanor Arroway -- a fictional astronomer in Carl Sagan's book "Conta...

Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Weird News
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless collection of particles. But they have ignored a critical component of the cosmos because they don't know what to do with it. This component, consciousness, is an utter mystery. How did inert, random bits of matter ever morph into Obama or Lady Gaga?

Sending Messages to ET: Just Say No, at Least for Now

Eric Korpela | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science
Eric Korpela

Here's why I think transmitting is a mistake in more detail than the statement gives. This is not necessarily the view of the other people who signed the statement.

Lee Speigel

Will ET Be Here Soon? NASA Brings Scientists, Theologians Together To Prepare | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.25.2014 | Weird News

Looking for extraterrestrial life is akin to a search for a cosmic needle-in-a-haystack, as evidenced by the above incredible Hubble Space Telesco...

Smog May Aid Search For Alien Life

LiveScience | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Science

In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers should look for signs of pollution in the atmospheres of alien planets outside the Earth's solar sy...

Are We Alone In The Universe? 13 Theories

Tim Urban | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science
Tim Urban

Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy alone -- but we've never heard anything from any of them. Here are 13 possible explanations for why.

Aliens Almost Certainly Out There, Astronomers Tell Congress

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.22.2014 | Science

Aliens almost definitely exist. At least, that's what two astronomers told Congress this week, as they appealed for continued funding to research l...

Kepler 186f: Is It Inhabited?

Seth Shostak | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Seth Shostak

A team of astronomers, after carefully combing data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, has finally nailed a world that might be similar to our own. But is it inhabited? Finding the answer is not easy.

E.T. Hunters Overseas Focus On Faint Flashes From Space | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.25.2013 | Science

When it comes to detecting laser pulses aliens might shoot at Earth to attract our attention, scientists now find they can detect signals as faint a...

Klingon Worlds

Seth Shostak | Posted 06.26.2013 | Science
Seth Shostak

It seems that the frequency of planets able to support life is roughly one percent. In other words, a billion or more such worlds exist in our galaxy alone. That's a lot of acreage, and it takes industrial-strength credulity to believe it's all bleakly barren.

Lee Speigel

Want To Say Hello To An ET? Scientists Are Here To Help | Lee Speigel | Posted 04.18.2013 | Weird News

Want to say hello to an ET? SETI scientists are here to help. People in Seattle and other parts of the Northwest recently weighed in on what they w...

Why Bother Searching for ET?

Seth Shostak | Posted 06.01.2013 | Science
Seth Shostak

It's a disturbing question, and one that I seem to get more frequently than before. "Why are you looking for evidence of extraterrestrials? What's the point?"

Trekkers Triumph In Pluto Moon-Naming Contest

Posted 02.25.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 02/25/2013 12:34 PM EST on The votes are in, and it looks like 'Vulcan' could be the new name for one of ...

Mathematician Makes Huge Prime Number Discovery

Posted 02.07.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 02/05/2013 11:57 AM EST on LiveScience The largest prime number yet has been discovered — and ...

Lee Speigel

Facts About Doomsday 2012 | Lee Speigel | Posted 11.18.2012 | Weird News

Is the world going to end right in the middle of the upcoming holiday season? While that wouldn't be good for retail sales, many people feel that Dec....

Manned Mars Mission Called Big Threat To Life On Red Planet

Posted 10.25.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 10/25/2012 09:33 AM EDT on Humanity has long dreamed of putting boots on Mars, but those boots have the potential ...

Newfound Alien Planet Is Top Contender To Host Life

Posted 11.20.2012 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 09/20/2012 09:41 AM EDT on A newly discovered alien planet may be one of the top contenders to support l...

Lee Speigel

Only Kooks See UFOs, Head U.K. Astronomer Says | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.19.2012 | Weird News

Astronomers -- the men and women who study the stars, galaxies and beyond -- have an almost universal agreement that there's nothing of scientific int...

Lee Speigel

Calling All ETs: Here Come Our Tweets From Earth | Lee Speigel | Posted 08.16.2012 | Weird News

The countdown is on. On August 15, with the push of a few buttons, a Twitter experiment of galactic proportions will launch from Earth into the cosmos...

Science, UFOs and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Video)

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 09.01.2012 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

I am gathering academics and members of the mainstream media to take a serious hard look at the phenomena in relation to other space mysteries.

Lee Speigel

Send ET A Tweet! | Lee Speigel | Posted 08.09.2012 | Weird News

In a social media twist on "ET phone home," citizens of Earth are invited to participate in a global Twitter event to send a message replying to an un...